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Project by DocK16 posted 08-17-2008 05:26 AM 2208 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had put in several hours laying out and cutting this basket weave design on this goblet and was worried it would snap while turning the final narrow stem and was relieved when it didn’t. But when cutting the base from the remaining waste with a parting tool the base just exploded into 5 pieces losing one in the dust pile on the floor. Lesson: always check your turning stock for small cracks before puting in hours on a project even if it is just practice. I hope to post one in one piece in the coming days.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#1 posted 08-17-2008 05:43 AM

Sorry Doc,

Sh…........... happens to the best work. I guess turning is even more risky than making things from parts.

Looks like a fine attempt though. I like the basket weave.

Good luck on the real thing!

-- Scott - Chico California

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#2 posted 08-17-2008 05:55 AM

Sorry about that Doc. Better luck next time.

-- Dan, West Virginia,

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#3 posted 08-17-2008 06:23 AM

just look at it as an unplaned design change and turn a new base to complement the design…or… I made a ring holder that looks very similar to whats left turned upside down :)

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#4 posted 08-17-2008 10:35 AM

No luck, I,m afraid that it happens to us all at one time or another!

Last week I thought I had almost finished carving an anniversay plate for a golden wedding, upon nearing completion the person I am making the plate for informed me that she gave me the wrong spelling for her mothers maiden name, it should have been MacLeod and not McLeod as I had carved.

At times like these we need to look on the bright side of life!

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#5 posted 08-17-2008 11:01 AM

how are you going to save this?? The basket weave is amazing.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 08-17-2008 11:37 AM

That is a shame. The top part looks excellent.

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#7 posted 08-17-2008 01:41 PM

I like the make a new base idea. This is too beautiful to throw in the burn barrel.

-- Berta in NC

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#8 posted 08-17-2008 01:55 PM

A beautiful piece.

It’s a dirty shame, but you should be able to make a new base though.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#9 posted 08-17-2008 02:32 PM

I definitely think I’d turn a new base and glue it together.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#10 posted 08-17-2008 02:43 PM

I hate when that happens. The next one shouldn’t take as long and will probably be nicer. Things happen for a reason. The frustrating part is figuring out the reason. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#11 posted 08-17-2008 03:07 PM

But isn’t that the point about practice – to be better coming out of it. I used to get one iron wood pen out of two because of flaking – can be frustrating.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#12 posted 08-17-2008 06:06 PM

I agree with Greg. Make a base and glue them together. Good luck

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#13 posted 08-17-2008 07:13 PM

Doh! :(

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#14 posted 08-17-2008 11:16 PM

Shame about that!

Thanks for the post


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#15 posted 08-20-2008 05:47 PM

Turn a new base and center drill it to the same diameter as the spindle, I doubt you would even see the joint if the wood is a close match.

What you thought to be the ‘easy’ part turns out not to be so easy.

Chin up and on to the next woodworking experiment.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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